Monday mornings are normally a source of consternation in my household. This is especially true when we are in the butthole of the offseason, so far up it that we can’t even come close to seeing our way out.
But after a weekend of golf, volunteering, outdoor wood fired oven cooking and an epic Kenny Chesney concert, I’m feeling pretty good. Summertime is almost upon us and I, for one, am looking forward to it. Not even the commitment of a legacy recruit to an unspeakable rival can dampen my mood.
So let’s jump into it.
Cale Millen, a 3 star QB out of Mount Si, committed to Oregon over the weekend after an unofficial visit to Eugene.
Coach Cristobal I'm coming to Oregon!! pic.twitter.com/v6ctE5feRO— Cale Millen (@millen_10) May 6, 2018
Most people who follow my writing (all three of you) regularly know that I’m not a big fan of the whole recruiting game. But I am a big fan of young people realizing their goals and assuming the mantle of adulthood when their times come. Making a college choice is often one of the first real big decisions that a young student athlete will make for themselves. For Cale Millen to make this choice with full knowledge of who his father is and the reception he was likely to get from the less-filtered cohort of Husky fans speaks volumes about his character. The bottom line is that Cale made a connection with a group of coaches that he felt would support him best in reaching his long-term goals.
Good for him. I wish him all the success that one could hope to achieve in good ole Skinner’s Mudhole. And many more egg shooters.
If you’ve not yet tuned in to what is happening with UW Rowing this year, now is the time take a look. Both the men’s and women’s programs are soaring this season. The men are currently ranked #2 in the nation (though in a virtual tie with Cal) while the women are a clear #1 ahead of Cal.
The Windemere Cup is one of the premier sporting events in the Puget Sound area every year thanks in large part to international competition that always is attracted to it. Last weekend’s event was “must see” sports for UW fans. Those who showed up were not disappointed as UW won nine of ten races it participated in. In fact, two of those races were among the two closest finishes that UW has ever been a part of.
Just an excellent day or racing all around.
If you are interested in reliving some of his better moments with the Huskies and getting a sense of how Dante Pettis may fit in with the San Francisco 49ers, check out this Fansided piece. I apologize for the stupid “slide show” format, but bill need to be paid.
Former UW linebacker Azeem Victor is wasting no time. He became the first Raiders rookie to sign a contract and immediately jumped in on Oakland’s mini-camp.
Our colleagues at Silver and Black broke down Victor’s game in their camp preview.
Most UW fans were thrilled to see Keishawn Bierria and Azeem Victor get selected back-to-back in the sixth round of last week’s NFL Draft. For the last few seasons, these two were the core of the Death Row Defense and set the tone for all of the playmakers both in front and behind them.
Now set to compete for a spot with the Broncos, Bierria faces an uphill battle. But his whole life has been a battle for this young man. His character has been forged by a series of challenges that can break many people, including the loss of his father to cancer when he was just eight.
This piece is a good reminder of the special kind of person that UW was lucky enough to have on its sidelines for the last few seasons.
- The Saturday Blitz sees a return trip to the CFP in Chris Petersen’s near future.
- The #6 Huskies softball team overcame a bit of a trough to end the season strong with a series win over Oregon State.
- The Baseball team also had a good weekend with a series win over ASU. The Diamond Dawgs are having a good year and are still in contention for the post-season.
- Do grades matter for high school PSAs looking to get an athletic scholarship for college? Chris Petersen is quoted in this USA Today article.
- Just in case you were wondering what kinds of OKGs Jimmy Lake is looking for:
Prospects do you want to get “recruited” or “developed”? If you want to be a Dawg and play in @NFL your answer must be the latter. If it’s the former please commit to our rivals! #PurpleReign https://t.co/mFL8Sh17Ob— Jimmy Lake (@CoachLakeUDUB) April 26, 2018
- ... or what Chris Petersen and co. can do with those kinds of OKGs:
Since @CoachPeteUW has been the head coach of @UW_Football, Washington has produced the most 1st and 2nd round #NFLDraft picks in the @pac12. #UWDataPoints— Washington Athletics (@UWAthletics) April 30, 2018
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BONUS DOT: The long, strange trip of former UW PSA Chris Warren III.
Happy Monday, Dawg fans.